I am attempting my first pc build using a ASUS P6T SE X58 1366 motherboard. It is Crossfire compatible only. I need a GPU. I want to know which is the most suitable Raedeon 1gb card to use. I was considering 5770, 5830 or 5870 card. Do you have a better recommendation of GPU at a reasonable cost or which of these would you choose as the best performer. I am designing a setup to watch a lot of HD Bu Ray and 3-d movies as I don't really play too much games. Thanks for any help the forum can give me. Finally if I have to upgrade later is adding an additional similar card to the one chosen a good idea since I can add 6gb of ram in the three vacant memory slots? I would be greatful for as many responses as possible to weigh my options.
MOBO - ASUS P6T SE x58 LGA1366
RAM - Corsair 2gb X 3 DDR3 SDRAM 1333
CPU - i7 Intel 950 3.06ghz (LGA1366)
PSU - LSP 650 Watt
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm
Monitor - Acer GD235HZ or ASUS VG236H (both are 3D ready)
Samsung P2770HD HDTV
If you are a casual gamer at best then there is no reason to buy anything more expensive than a HD5770 even HD5670 might satisfy your needs. Then again you will never need crossfire unless gaming and you can easily run a single Nvidia card on a crossfire board.
I agree with notty 22 gtx 460 or hd 6850 are your best choices, and personally I would go with the 6850 for its low power consumption and it only requires 1 pci-express connector and is 3d capable, to reiterate; the 5 series that you listed is not 3d capable, and the nvidia 4 and 5 series are 3d capable
Why should there be a problem with an Intel board with AMD GPU? Intel x58 motherboards are fully compatible with single ATI (AMD) and Nvidia GPU solutions. More Intel boards support ATI (AMD) Crossfire than Nvidia's SLI technology.